PBS NewsHour Weekend
A summary of the day's national and international news, using renowned experts to provide in-depth analysis. Each weekend broadcast contains original, in-depth field reporting on topics including education, healthcare, the economy, energy, science and technology, religion, finance and the arts. Anchored by Hari Sreenivasan.
PBS NewsHour Weekend Previous Broadcasts
The Best Boss In America? (Episode #626H)
KQED 9: Sun, Sep 25, 2016 -- 5:30 PM
The Best Boss in America? One company's CEO raised employee wages by tens of thousands of dollars
In 2015, life changed for the 100 employees of Gravity Payments in Seattle, when their boss, Dan Price, announced the company's minimum wage would jump to $70,000 dollars a year. The company's CEO slashed his own compensation by more than 90%, down from more than $1 million to the same magic $70,000, in order to help pay for the wage increases. More than a year later, Gravity Payments now reports the company's revenue and clientele has grown substantially, despite critics' predictions that the move would cause the company to fail. John Larson reports.
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 25, 2016 -- 6:00 PM
Partisan Redistricting (Episode #625H)
KQED 9: Sat, Sep 24, 2016 -- 5:30 PM
Partisan Redistricting: With few competitive congressional districts, some states turn to reforms and litigation
During this November's election, only about 30 congressional districts out of 435 are considered competitive, in part because so many of the rest have had lines drawn favoring one political party over the other. In Maryland, for example, registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than 2-to-1, but Democratic members of the House of Representatives hold 7-to-1 majority in their delegation. Reform efforts are now underway in states like California and Arizona, which have created independent commissions to draw district lines. But in North Carolina, where a state that votes about 50-50 has 10 Republicans and 3 Democrats in the House, litigation is challenging the constitutionality of partisan redistricting. Jeff Greenfield reports.
- KQED World: Sat, Sep 24, 2016 -- 6:00 PM
Suicide Prevention (Episode #624H)
KQED 9: Sun, Sep 18, 2016 -- 5:30 PM
Suicide Prevention: Researchers are developing new tools to predict who is at risk
Suicide is now the nation's 10th-leading cause of death, and the 2nd-leading cause of death for young Americans between 10 and 24 years old. Yet even with alarming increases in suicides and attempted suicides, little has changed in treatments and approaches over the past several decades, and psychiatrists and psychologists find themselves with odds no better than a coin toss at predicting who may try to end his or her own life. Now, top suicide researchers are developing new diagnostic tools with advances in technology and science to make those predictions better and intervene to save lives. Alison Stewart reports.
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 18, 2016 -- 6:00 PM
Alternative Schools (Episode #623H)
KQED 9: Sat, Sep 17, 2016 -- 5:30 PM
Alternative Schools: Can techniques pioneered by the tech industry help transform education?
A tech startup, backed by $133 million in funding from Silicon Valley venture capitalists, wants to reinvent the way children learn in the United States by personalizing education. The for-profit school system called "AltSchool" now operates 8 small private schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York - with ambitious plans to eventually license its program to public schools across the country. AltSchool's co-founder, a former Google executive, believes the techniques learned in the tech industry, like collecting personal data on users, can help transform education. Joanne Jennings reports from San Francisco. This story is part of American Graduate Day coverage, a public media initiative to address the high school dropout crisis.
- KQED World: Sat, Sep 17, 2016 -- 6:00 PM
Life After Ground Zero (Episode #622H)
KQED 9: Sun, Sep 11, 2016 -- 5:30 PM
Life After Ground Zero: World Trade Center responders continue to struggle with health issues
15 years after 9/11, many of the thousands of men and women who worked at the World Trade Center site are still coping with long-term health effects. Doctors and researchers continue investigating new health problems for responders, possibly due to exposure to toxins at Ground Zero, and how mental ailments like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder may be contributing to physical complications. Karla Murthy reports on responders getting treatment and the doctors investigating these lingering health consequences.
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 11, 2016 -- 6:00 PM
9/11 Trials (Episode #621H)
KQED 9: Sat, Sep 10, 2016 -- 5:30 PM
9/11 Trials: The men blamed for orchestrating the attacks of Sept. 11 have yet to be brought to justice
The 5 men blamed for planning the attacks of September 11 have yet to be brought to justice. Nearly 15 years after that fateful day they remain detained at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the Bush administration created a parallel justice system in the months following 9/11. What was intended to be a harsher, swifter judicial structure for suspected al Qaeda operatives, is now raising questions over whether old-fashioned federal trials based in the US are more effective in prosecuting alleged terrorists. Phil Hirschkorn reports.
- KQED World: Sat, Sep 10, 2016 -- 6:00 PM
Mexican Drug Cartels (Episode #620H)
KQED 9: Sun, Sep 4, 2016 -- 5:30 PM
Mexican Drug Cartels: A new documentary looks at the root causes of violence spurred by the drug war
Since 2006, Mexico's government has been waging a war against the country's drug cartels, who are fighting each other for control over territory. While homicide numbers have dropped in recent years, 80,000 people in Mexico have been killed and 27,000 have been kidnapped in organized crime-related incidents. Premiering nationally for the first time this month, "Kingdom of Shadows," a documentary on PBS's POV, takes a closer look at the root causes of the violence and the everyday lives of those impacted by the drug war. Ivette Feliciano, who spoke with the film's creator, has more.
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 4, 2016 -- 6:00 PM
- KQED Life: Sun, Sep 4, 2016 -- 5:30 PM
California Wells Run Dry (Episode #619H)
KQED 9: Sat, Sep 3, 2016 -- 5:30 PM
California Wells Run Dry: Public health concerns are raised for a community coping with prolonged drought
Amid California's 5-year drought, the community of East Porterville, 75 miles south of Fresno in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, has become an epicenter for the state's water shortage. Of the 1800 homes located in the town, 600 have lost wells that provided water for bathing and washing food. The quandary has left many without running water and officials worry it will take a toll on the health of the community's 7000 residents, even as state and local officials move to draw up a long-term plan to connect some of the homes to water lines in a neighboring city. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
- KQED World: Sat, Sep 3, 2016 -- 6:00 PM
- KQED Life: Sat, Sep 3, 2016 -- 5:30 PM